The places fairytales were written about…
THIS IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE TRAVEL BLOG…Hi! I’m Christa Thompson, creator of The Fairytale Traveler. I am no ordinary travel blogger, and you are no ordinary person if you’ve arrived here. So, welcome to my travel blog… the only travel destinations resource for all places related to legend, myth and lore. If you’re looking for the best places to travel, off the beaten path, to an enchanting experience, then you’re in the right place.
I’m exploring everything from castles to headstones, from the forests to the seas, and places where legends of monsters and princesses hundreds of years past are still told. I invite you to follow me on my adventure travel journey to where folklore, legend and mythology come to life, in every beautiful, and every dark corner of this world. Are you with me?
Germany is home to some of the world’s most romantic castle hotels. Having lent its landscape of dark forests, rolling emerald hills, and sleepy valleys to the fairy tales we have grown with, you might be inclined to think of regions like Bavaria and Hesse as “Ever After”. The “Fairytale Route” and “Romantic Road” highlight centuries of Germanic folklore and Renaissance history -a history that has left a footprint of medieval times, echoing legends of monsters, knights and princesses…and maybe even a prince charming. Here are 9 of Germany’s most romantic castle hotels. Continue reading
There are fairy sites documented all over the world. It is something that makes my job as the Fairytale Traveler a bit overwhelming at times. There are stories, especially in Irish folklore and mythology, that date back to times long before written legends. So, in an effort to source these fantastic places, and to uncover the enchanting legends that may not make it off their salty shores, I have started a list of fairy sites. This one takes us to Cumbria, a region in England that is teeming with fairy legends. From it’s rolling hills to its crashing sea, and all of the sprawling forests and lakes between, Cumbria is the fabric of fairy folklore in the U.K.. Here are 3 sites in the many, that you can visit when in Cumbria, UK. Continue reading
Glendalough, meaning “the glen of two lakes”, is probably one of the most important locations in Ireland with relation to legend, myth and lore. It is there, at the Monastic Settlement of Glendalough where, the earliest known written Irish stories that survive were transcribed. Continue reading
During my recent visit to Dublin, Ireland I was able to make my way over to the Old Library at Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells Exhibit. Continue reading
If you’re looking for fairy tales, class, and hospitality fit for a king then search no more. Tarrytown, New York’s Castle Hotel & Spa is ground zero at the dream factory.
Picture yourself in a land far, far away, a land set high above hills with winding roads and the pinkest roses you’ve ever seen. Now picture this land just a half hour outside of Manhattan, NY.
During my trip to Sleepy Hollow, NY I was able to make my way over to this magnificent American castle that sits high above the Hudson Valley with over 100 years of history. The grounds are flawless, even in late October the lawn is as green as emeralds -a blanket for the Continue reading
Dromoland Castle Hotel may be one of the grandest castle hotels I have ever been to. You can imagine, as the Fairytale Traveler I have seen a castle hotel or two. If one word could describe this stunning fortress situated upon a blanket of emerald-green grass, it would have to be “fairytale”. From the moment you enter the gates and drive along the winding path to the commanding Dromoland Castle Hotel, you can’t help but say, “WOW!” The structure itself is quite large and envelopes a courtyard with valet circle where you are met like royalty by the porter. The entrance into the castle is smaller than a large luxury property, making you feel right at home in your new luxurious digs. Continue reading
When I went to Ireland for the first time I was surprised, utterly shocked at the notion that, every local I asked about Irish Legends offered a vague retelling of a random ambiguous place. The only direction I was getting was the one leading me to our next pint. I was so frustrated! How in the world was I finding it so difficult to pinpoint places related to Irish legends when Ireland is exploding with them? Continue reading
An artist couldn’t have painted a prettier picture of Dublin from the rooftop of the Marker Hotel. The sun was shining, the wind was blowing, and in the distance I could see the shades of green from the Wicklow Mountains owning the horizon. I stood taking it in and enjoying my Irish coffee among forty-something other journalists, writers, bloggers, and other media aficionados on the weekend of Ireland’s national holiday – St. Patrick’s Day. Continue reading
This is the best day of my life, I have never been so happy before!”
These were the words that I heard from Spain’s Vero4Travel, international press correspondent, Jesús Martínez, as we stood there snapping photos of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin. Standing there we had no idea what to expect from the home of one of the world’s most celebrated holidays. As it unraveled before our eyes, it had become apparent that this was the most interesting, cultural, and artistic parade we had ever seen. With this year kicking off a three-year theme of Past, Present and Future, the 2014 St. Patrick’s Festival Parade was teeming with Irish history, legends, and folklore. Continue reading
There’s more to St. Patrick’s day than green beer and hangovers. In fact, the celebration of St. Patrick has been observed for over 1,000 years! The origins of the stick on orange beard and leprechaun hat may actually surprise you, and wouldn’t you know there’s a legend behind all of it. Continue reading
TBEX is full of opportunity if you just play your cards right
Hold on, first things first, what an amazing TBEX! Failte Ireland and TBEX came together to create one (if not the) most memorable TBEX experiences ever! A huge thank you for all of the HARD work you put into making this event so special. Well done. Continue reading
I started this journey for one reason. Not to make money. Not to travel for free. Not for the perks (although the perks never hurt). I started this journey to enrich my little boy’s life with culture, heritage, and the idea that if you hold on to what you are truly passionate about, you really can be a part of it, and make it your life’s work. I wanted to build something for him to grow up with, something he could be proud of, something that would be beyond the wildest dreams of most five year olds. Continue reading
Airports can be stressful. It seems like it’s a hustle from the moment you enter the building; dragging your luggage, reading the signs, trying to figure out where you are, where you’re going, and even getting bumped into along the way. Air travel can really suck but, if you’re catching a flight to Tampa or leaving the Sunshine State, you’re on the bright side of the clouds.
As a travel writer with a great deal of air miles both domestic and international, I can say that I have a pretty novice opinion of airports in the United States. I was recently asked during a survey for Johnny Jet’s, Travel Style, “What is your favorite U.S. airport?” Answer: “Tampa International, I will take this to my grave.” Continue reading
I wasn’t sure what to expect as I walked down Avon Street to the International Cryptozoology Museum. The only one of its kind, the museum showcases a bizarre, extraordinary and diligent collection of mythical and unusual creatures from around the world. In other words, if you’re looking for the Jersey Devil or Bigfoot, this is your best bet at finding them.
At first I wasn’t sold. I was not totally impressed with the museum itself, its artifacts crammed together like some sort of man-cave den, looked more like a collection of souvenirs acquired by founder and director Loren Coleman. However, I wasn’t so quick to give up either…and so I began to browse. Continue reading
Take a tour of the inspirational places behind the legendary stories of J.R.R. Tolkien. Contributing storyteller and Brit, William Bundy, describes a few locations on the Tolkien Trail in England. Part of the, Mapping Middle Earth series by the Fairytale Traveler. Continue reading